Make a Simple Watercolor Painting this Way!

Artists have always got fascinated by the beauty of nature. The natural landscapes with those waterfalls, mountains, rivers, lush greenery and hills look extremely exquisite. Not creating such beauties onto the canvases will be a blot on the repute of landscape artists.

However, making landscapes with watercolors has always been tough, at least for the neophyte landscape artists. An artist not just needs to make what he is seeing but to make it so carefully and patiently that it looks ethereal. For achieving this, artists need to understand the mood and also the atmosphere. So, in this blog, we tell all the skilled landscape artists step by step how they should make such paintings in watercolor. Take a look.

Start by making the base-

Quickly make loose lines for your understanding of the ground, foreground and sky’s starting. Remember you don’t need to draw the each and everything precisely. Don’t go into even a bit of detailing. However, make sure you mark the positions of major subjects and background i.e. the foundation in order to have an idea of what is where in your landscape art.

Begin with the basic colors-

Mix cobalt blue with water and use a thick brush. Most of the landscapes usually have a tree. If your painting too has it, don’t color it till the top, leave a small portion on top of half dome untouched. Moreover, coming back to the sky, take a yellow ochre and add it to the bottom of the blue skyline. You need to do so, because in actuality too the sky seems to be warmer and lighter towards the horizon. Also, keep the sky lighter from the portion of the painting where the sun is located.

After the sky, come to the greenery i.e. the trees and grass. Apply few brushstrokes to define the trees and grass in the background. Mix yellow ochre with a little mixture of cobalt blue. Give a hint of color to the ground as well. Take ochre and paint the ground with quick and large strokes. Do add a drop of burnt sienna to give a perception of your painting. The foreground will come forward after doing this. Don’t worry if the strokes mix with each. This is natural in the first step of coloring. It will also make the painting look more natural.

Do a bit of detailing-

With a medium-sized brush, paint the trees using colors like gold, Sienna, marine, and ochre. Keep alternating the color a bit to give the tree some form. Start painting the mountains with cobalt blue, burnt sienna, and violet in different amalgamations. Now take a small brush to paint the trunk of the tree. For coloring, the trunk use perylene maroon and Sienna. Don’t be very rigid while making the branches. Understand that it is not necessary to color the shape of the branches that you have made with the pencil. Let the brush move its way and define the branches on its own. Utilize the side of the brush to create marks.

Observe the painting, see where the warmness or coolness is required more. Add the color accordingly.

Cast Shadows-

Define the mountains and trees. Create the shadows using ultramarine color. Note that the color of the shadow should not be gray, it is always transparent so make it look like that only.

One tip that will help you a lot in making the paintings from a photograph or real scenery is this- Never try to imitate it entirely. If you are a beginner, understand that getting such perfection takes a lot of patience, practice and time. So, color your own interpretation of the same. Try to show how it is making you feel, create your version of the painting. Abhor from relying on reference photos as they lack the value, depth and color accuracy.

So, wait no more and pick a photo and create your own version of the same.